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A Walk Along The River Stour at Tuckton

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This morning we decided to go for a morning dog walk along the river Stour at Tuckton.  There was intermittent sun although it was definitely cooler (spent days of the previously beautiful weather in a school building that felt like a sauna and I’ve been looking forward to wearing my strappy summer dresses and sandals.  Please tell me it’s going to get warmer …) and it’s always quite blowy along the river.

It’s picturesque walking along the river Stour at Tuckton and there is enough to do here if you’re planning on coming with your children.

Boats on the river Stour at Tuckton
Our dog Taz in the River Stour cooling off
Boats out of the river Stour at Tuckton

Following the path you will come to Wick ferry which will take you over to Christchurch side of the river.  When we went to Christchurch Food Festival, we parked at Tuckton and caught the ferry over so we didn’t get caught up in the chaotic traffic!

Sign pointing to the Wick Ferry at Tuckton

There’s also a larger ferry that will take you to Mudeford spit.  It’s a 40 minute cruise along the river to the beach and of course, you could enjoy a day out on the beach (rather than a walk along the river).

View from Mudeford Spit to Hengistbury Head
Mudeford Spit – view towards Hengistbury Head

From this side of the river bank you can see Christchurch Priory. As you would expect from an older site, it has its own legends. Definitely worth checking out.

boats on the river stour at Tuckton with Christchurch Priory in the background

We often see artists creating on the river bank.

If you carry on walking along the path to your right will take you across fields to Hengisbury Head.

Hengistbury Head seems to have it’s own micro climate.  It’s popular with dog walkers, kite flyers, fisherpeople and of course if you just want to chill out.

A memorial left at the base of a tree along the river

Activities along the river Stour at Tuckton

Hire a boat.

Self-drive motor boats are rented on an hourly basis as they are only allowed on the river and harbour, with exit to the sea strictly forbidden.

Each boat takes up to 8 passengers and these smaller boats give access to some areas which the ferries do not see. Self drive motor boats cost £30.00 for an hour and £20.00 for half an hour. If you’re feeling more energetic you can also hire a rowing boat which take a maximum of 4 people and cost £20.00 per hour.

Play crazy golf

Crazy golf is situated by the tea rooms and is popular with families.

Refreshments

After your stroll, put your feet up at Tuckton Tea Gardens.

Tuckton Tea Gardens

We’ve always had good service with hot drinks and cake here.

Outside at Tuckton Tea Gardens

It’s always peaceful and grounding along the river Stour at Tuckton and one of our favourite places.

What are your favourite places to relax and chill?


I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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